Already closed | 3h 15m | Brooklyn

Hamlet (St Ann's Warehouse)

From 59 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

About the show

Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga makes her American theatrical debut as Shakespeare's beloved tragic hero. More…

From the show:

Academy Award nominee® Ruth Negga makes her “mesmerizing” American theatrical debut with a passionate, critically acclaimed portrayal, featuring an ensemble of leading Irish actors. Under Yaël Farber’s direction, focus shifts from anguish and identity to the power of resistance.

3h 15m | Already closed | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (59)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting
Avg Score

During previews
Beautiful production, brooding, atmospheric & moody. despite some surprising changes to the text, this is a clear & conventional presentation. passionate & profound performances from negga as the danish prince & aoife duffin as ophelia.

See it if you enjoy shakespeare & like it presented in a thoughtful, straightforward manner; also if you are keen on seeing ruth negga's performance.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a woman playing hamlet, are disturbed by a lot of haze & smoke, are offended by nudity, & hate sitting 3-1/2 hours.

Also this may not be a HAMLET for the ages, but it's a beautiful production... Read more Read less

During previews
Indulgent, Overly produced, Slow, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want to see a master performance by Ruth Negga

Don't see it if you can’t stand overly produced works. An over abundance of lighting, and sound effects, and transitional moments after EVERY scene change.

Also A BRILLIANT performance by Ruth Negga,she was utterly believable, but ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Long, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a great director confront one of Shakespeare's finest works.

Don't see it if You can't do Shakespeare, long runtimes, or want to trek to Brooklyn.

Also This is a long HAMLET. This is a dark, very Irish, very absorbing and ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want to hear and see some of the greatest lines in theater Want to see the talented Ruth Negga live

Don't see it if You don’t want to go to Brooklyn, don’t like Shakespeare Dont want to see same sex kissing

During previews
Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You can get a ticket. Ruth Negga is brilliant and the entire cast supports her perfectly. Yael Farber’s direction is unique and masterful.

Don't see it if Following the themes of darkness and drama in Hamlet will not appeal to you.

During previews
Masterful, Riveting, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like great performances of Shakespeare; all the actors are great but Ruth Negga is obviously the reason to go

Don't see it if you aren't interested in a fairly straight-forward Shakespeare production.

Also While the costumes and set design imply a more modern setting, there i... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Absorbing, Riveting

See it if If you're a fan of Shakespeare-- it's a very true to the work adaptation. Negga really makes you see the anguish Hamlet is going through.

Don't see it if It's long-- 3+ hours as they didn't really cut anything.

During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Must see, Riveting

See it if you want to see an Ethiopian-Irish actress bring such humanity & humor to the title role (as a man) that she outshines Olivier and Branagh.

Don't see it if you'd be bothered by Ophelia's brief flashing of the other characters and the audience, or by sitting for 3.5 hours (with intermission).

Also although the entire run (including a one-week extension) apparently so... Read more Read less

During previews
Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like highly designed productions. You like to see actors go for it.

Don't see it if You are interested in the conceptual underpinnings and structure of the piece. Fortinbras completely excised.

Also Ruth Negga adds an electrifying mix of capriciousness and slithering, ... Read more Read less

February 10th, 2020
CRITIC’S PICK. "Ruth Negga Rules as a Player Prince Yaël Farber’s stunning, Dublin-born interpretation of this eternal classic finds the dizzying layers of performance that rule all our lives."
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February 10th, 2020
4/5 Stars. "Even if you know what lies around each corner of the plot, Farber’s imaginative stagecraft is riveting...Communing with a centuries-old text but vigorously alive in the here and now, this is the rare Shakespeare production that’s more séance than revival."
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February 10th, 2020
"Ruth Negga’s Hamlet Is a Sweet Prince—But It’s Not a Good Night"
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February 10th, 2020
"Ruth Negga makes her American stage debut as the grieving Danish prince in director Yaël Farber's moody take on Shakespeare's timeless tragedy about one man pushing back against corrupt power."
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